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Body found off peninsula cliff

Police make discovery responding to a call from a motorist injured in a separate incident.

December 19, 2006|Stuart Silverstein | Times Staff Writer

Police responding to a call Monday from a woman injured after she drove over a cliff in Palos Verdes Estates discovered the body of a man killed in a separate incident, authorities said.

The man was not identified, but he was described as white and nearly 40 years old. Authorities, who found his body about noon, said it appeared as though he had died in recent days.

Police said they were trying to determine whether the man had jumped or accidentally fallen down the cliff. He tumbled at least 100 feet to a rocky area just over the shoreline, off the 2100 block of Paseo Del Mar, near Epping Road.

The scene was about half a mile south of where a 23-year-old Hawthorne woman, Heather Kain, had driven over a cliff in an unrelated incident, also off Paseo Del Mar.

Capt. Jim Kronberger of the Palos Verdes Estates Police Department said Kain made a 911 emergency call about 11:30 a.m. to ask for help. She told police that she remembered being parked along Paseo Del Mar about 8:30 p.m. Sunday, but apparently later blacked out. Police said Kain told them that when she regained consciousness in the morning, she found herself at the bottom of the cliff and began looking for help.

Kain had fallen about 200 feet down the slope but suffered only a broken wrist and other minor injuries, authorities said. "She's a very fortunate woman," said Scott Ross, an inspector with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, which took Kain by helicopter to a hospital for treatment.

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stuart.silverstein@latimes.com

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